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Knox, Waldo counties each report COVID-19 death, CDC reports Wednesday

By Stephen Betts | Nov 11, 2020
Maine CDC Director Dr. Nirav Shah

A Knox County and Waldo County resident died with COVID-19 during the past day, the state reported Wednesday.

The three Midcoast counties saw six more cases and eight new recoveries, the state reported Nov. 11.

The death in Knox County -- a man in his 80s - is the second one in he county since the pandemic swept into Maine in mid-March.

Knox reported one more resident diagnosed with the new virus and three additional recoveries, according to the CDC on Nov. 11. This brings the total number of Knox county resident diagnosed with COVID-19 since the start of the outbreak to 145. Seventy-eight of those people have recovered and two have died, according to the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

Eight of those people diagnosed have required hospitalization.

This means the number of active cases in Knox County dropped by three, falling to 65, the CDC reported.

Knox County has recorded 112 new cases since Sept. 15.

Maine CDC Director Dr. Nirav Shah said this past week, the virus is everywhere and transmissions can occur in residential settings where small groups of friends congregate. He recommended wearing masks and physical distancing when having indoor at-home gatherings.

The North Haven Town Office posted on its website Nov. 10 that there are 13 confirmed and two presumptive cases on the island, all diagnosed since Nov. 5.

The CDC also reports that during the past 14 days, out of 5,185 tests given to Knox County residents, 69 have been positive. The test numbers include people who have been tested multiple times.

Lincoln County's active cases increased by four due to four new cases, the CDC reported Nov. 11. There have been 90 cases overall, 58 recoveries and one death. Eight of those people have been hospitalized.

Waldo County's active cases decreased by five due to one new case, five additional recoveries and one more death -- a woman in her 70s, the CDC reported Nov. 11.

A hundred and one new cases have been diagnosed in Waldo County since Oct. 15. There have been 181 cases overall, 128 recoveries and 16 deaths since mid-March. Fifteen people have been hospitalized since the outbreak began, an increase of one during the past day.

Many of the newer cases were associated with the Brooks Pentecostal Church and its affiliated school, Lighthouse Christian Academy in Brooks.

Waldo County also had an outbreak early in the summer at a long-term care facility in Belfast.

Statewide, there were 142 new cases reported by the CDC Nov. 11. This brings the total number of cases since the outbreak began to 8,202. There have been 2,158 new cases diagnosed in the past 18 days. The 142 new cases is down from the record 204 on Nov. 9.

There were 126 new recoveries statewide, the CDC reported Nov. 11, increasing the number to 6.226.

There were two additional deaths -- the deaths in Knox and Waldo counties. This increases the number of deaths from the virus in Maine to 158.

This means number of statewide active confirmed or probable statewide cases of COVID-19 increased by 14, reaching yet another new record high of 1,818, the state reported Nov. 11.

There are currently 59 hospitalized in Maine due to the new virus with 16 in intensive care units, and six people are on a respirator. Less than three weeks ago, only seven people were in the hospital with none in intensive care units and none on a ventilator.

A total of 545 people have been hospitalized since the outbreak began in Maine — that is an increase of 36 in one week.

Of the cases statewide as of Nov. 6, 1,241 were healthcare workers. This is an increase of nearly 100 in one week.

There have been 314 out-of-state residents who have tested positive in Maine as of Oct. 28. Many of those are New Hampshire residents who get their medical care in Maine.

Of the 158 Maine people with COVID-19 who died, 83 were 80 years old or older, 48 were in their 70s, 14 were in their 60s, five in their 50s, three people in their 40s and one in their 30s and one in his 20s. The age ranges of the two most recent deaths have not yet been released.

Cumberland County has seen the worst of the outbreak, with 70 of the deaths being residents from there. York County has had 23 deaths, Waldo County has 16 deaths, Kennebec 12, 11 in Androscoggin, 11 in Somerset, six in Penobscot, two in Knox County, two in Oxford County, two in Franklin County, and one each in Lincoln, Aroostook and Hancock counties.

Of the people who tested positive as of Nov. 11, the Maine CDC reports most were people in their 20s, who accounted for 1,450 of the confirmed cases since the outbreak started. There have been 1,298 in their 50s, 1248 in their 30s, 1089 in their 40s, 1056 who were younger than 20, 932 people in their 60s, 607 in their 70s and 520 who were 80 or older.

Women account for 51% of the confirmed cases and men 49%.

The CDC figures show a dramatic disparity based on race. Of the 8,202 cases statewide, 1,039 of the people diagnosed are black. That translates to 13% of the cases. Black people account for less than 2% of Maine's population.

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